Being stopped by the police for driving under the influence (DUI) can be confusing, as many activities occur at a go. For this reason, you need to pay attention to everything that happens when you are stopped, and your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above the state’s legal limit.
This guide discusses three mistakes to avoid after a DUI arrest:
Not paying attention to the facts
You should note everything that happens, from what you drank to how the police treat you and the questions they ask and your responses. You should then write down this information as soon as you can.
Refusing to take the test
In Virginia, anyone who unreasonably refuses to submit to a breath test to determine their blood alcohol concentration may get into legal trouble. For a first offense, one’s license can be suspended for one year. A second violation within 10 years before the date of the first refusal may constitute a Class 1 misdemeanor. This can lead to a deprivation of the privilege to drive for about three years.
However, the police cannot force you to blow into the device. If you have a valid reason for refusing a roadside test, you can ask the police to administer one at the police station.
Assuming breathalyzer results are accurate
Breathalyzers are devices that can have issues, such as poor calibration or effects from atmospheric pressure, that can alter their results. Thus, if you believe your test was incorrect, you should fight it. Assuming the results are accurate and that you are guilty may lead to consequences you could have avoided.
If you are stopped for a DUI, you should know what to do. It will also get legal help to defend yourself.